Ryan Cook struggled somewhat down the stretch last season and allowed 13 runs in five spring training appearances, so the A’s have demoted the former All-Star reliever to Triple-A.
Cook has a 2.77 ERA and 204 strikeouts in 198 career innings and has even served as Oakland’s closer on occasion, but he simply hasn’t looked right in camp and the A’s would rather he attempt to get back on track in the minors.
Here’s what manager Bob Melvin told Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com:
We’ll try to get him down there and get these things worked out, because Cookie has been an instrumental piece to our success. We just felt he needed a break from this, go down and work on things. Sometimes something like that can rejuvenate you. Certainly it wasn’t fun for anybody, especially him. He was shocked, and I don’t blame him. But we expect him to be back here, we really do.
Oakland will also begin the season without injured closer Sean Doolittle, so offseason pickup Tyler Clippard will play a key role early on.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports